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Harvest Festival offers family fun on the farm


Hildebrand Farms Dairy is excited to host the third annual Harvest Festival Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Hildebrand family produces and processes milk in glass bottles, which are distributed to grocery stores across Kansas.

The Harvest Festival is a chance to meet the family and the dairy herd that works so hard to make each drop of delicious Hildebrand milk.

Highlights of the event include: a picnic lunch, live music performed by local artist Jared "Pete" Gile, tours of the farm, milking demonstrations hosted by the Southwest Dairy Farmers, hay rack rides and a kids play area. The event is free and open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

"We consider this event a great opportunity to give back to our local community," Kathy Hildebrand, co-owner, said.

The picnic lunch will be hosted by the Chapman FFA Chapter, and served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or while supplies last. All proceeds from the free-will-donation picnic benefit the Chapman FFA Chapter.

Singer and songwriter Jared "Pete" Gile will perform between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Gile is a Kansas native who thrills his audience with original songs, witty humor and entertaining storytelling.

The Southwest Dairy Farmers will be on site with their Mobile Dairy Classroom. The Mobile Dairy Classroom is a traveling milking parlor, featuring a live cow and trained instructor. They will demonstrate how to milk a cow, describe how milk goes from the farm to the consumer and then answer questions from the audience. The first of four presentations will begin at 10:30 a.m.

"The mobile dairy classroom provides a great overview of the dairy industry as a whole," Hildebrand said. "We believe it will be a great educational addition to our fun-filled day on the farm."

Tours will be available every half hour starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 2:30 p.m. Tour availability is limited to 25 people per tour and is first come, first serve.

Other festivities include: a hay bale play area, make-your-own-butter station, and interactive games for the kids. Visitors can also sample Hildebrand Farms Dairy chocolate, strawberry and root beer flavored milk.

Farm fresh milk, soft serve ice cream, meat and other local farm products are available in the country store for purchase.

In the event of inclement weather check for updates on cancellation or postponement.

Hildebrand Farms Dairy is a third-generation family farm located at 5210 W. Rucker Rd. in Junction City, Kan. The family has been in the dairy industry since 1930, and built an on-site processing facility in September 2008. Hildebrand Farms Dairy products are available in more than 75 stores throughout Kansas.

Date: 10/8/2012


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